Videogame company EA yesterday opened up registration for its FIFA 20 Global Series competition.
Soon after, it was discovered that the registration page was displaying the personal information of players who had already signed up — including usernames, dates of birth, and email addresses.
It's more bad press for a videogame company with an already less-than-stellar reputation amongst gamers.
EA data leak
As Engadget reports, high-profile, professional, and casual players were all equally affected. EA took down the page 30 minutes after the problem was discovered.
However, the company confirmed that 1,600 players were affected. It is currently taking steps to contact affected users and help protect their accounts.
The data leak comes from a company that is hardly held in high regard by gamers at the time of writing.
Before I get to the absolute farce of that competitive bullshit, when you click the link register for verification you get other people's personal information!!!!!! WTFF, this is a new low even for this joke of a company— Kurt (@Kurt0411Fifa) October 3, 2019
Electronic Arts (EA) has been at the forefront of questionable monetization efforts from videogame companies over the last few years.
The company has previously been called out by a U.S. legislator for its "predatory practices."
Namely, EA has used loot boxes in their games to make gamers pay much more than the original price of a game.
For example, in videogame Star Wars Battlefront II, players could spend countless hours doing repetitive tasks in order to unlock series staple Darth Vader, or they could pay to unlock him. The practice has been dubbed "pay to win."
When these monetization strategies were called out, EA tried to simply rebrand loot boxes and sell them under a different name.
Speaking about the leaked data incident, Ray Walsh, Digital Privacy Expert at Proprivacy.com, said, "it is unclear at this time whether updating the password for your account will help, but users are advised to do so as a precaution, as well as keeping an eye on any bank accounts that may be linked to their player IDs."